Chapecoense president says Barcelona are the only club who provided financial aid

Danny Ryan
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Barcelona remain the only club to have provided financial assistance for Brazilian side Chapecoense, who were struck by tragedy back in November. 19 of their players were killed in an air disaster in Colombia as they travelled for their Copa Sudamerica final; 77 people in total died with only six surviving. Chapecoense's president, Plinio David de Nes Filho, says that despite the widespread public support in the weeks that followed and clubs expressing their solidarity with the Brazilian side,...

Barcelona remain the only club to have provided financial assistance for Brazilian side Chapecoense, who were struck by tragedy back in November.

19 of their players were killed in an air disaster in Colombia as they travelled for their Copa Sudamerica final; 77 people in total died with only six surviving.

Chapecoense's president, Plinio David de Nes Filho, says that despite the widespread public support in the weeks that followed and clubs expressing their solidarity with the Brazilian side, only Barca actually offered help.


Chapecoense v Lanus - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2017

"Barcelona was the first team that showed solidarity with us, and for now, it's the only team that's helped us financially sending us €250,000 [£216,000]," he told Cadena SER.

The Blaugrana have also offered to play a friendly against them in the near future in order to raise more funds.

"In May we will have the definitive date, which will be between the 18th and 26th of May," Filho said.

Domestically, Brazilian clubs have helped the stricken club, loaning Chapecoense players and organising schemes geared to helping them progress after the tragedy.

Barcelona superstar Neymar has been one of the finest ambassadors for the Brazilian club, helping raise awareness of the issue and even featured in a charity match for the cause back in December.

Some of Brazilian football's biggest names took part in the event including Kaka, Robinho and Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.

 

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